Sjappesnakk: Vi Som Älskade Varanda Så Mycket

Fotocred: Henrik Hulander

The Swedish powerhouse known as Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket is finally out with their new full length, and we took the opportunity to talk to the singer of the band, Arvid Ringborg, about the history of the band, the new record and of course; Norwegian music.

Would you mind giving a brief introduction to the band and tell us how things got together like they did?

We are a six-piece band from Stockholm called Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket and when people ask me what we play I answer sad and screamy music. Others would say it is screamo heavily influenced by post-rock or vice versa. We have been around since 2012 when we released our first EP.
The band started with a few of us talking about doing a screamo project around my kitchen table one late night. We put the band together with a bunch of friends and we started recording songs. It has always been about playing music we love and we are thrilled that others like it too. All of us have played music most of our lives and this band has become really important to us.
We recently released our second LP and have released a few splits and EPs on the way here. 

Was it a conscious choice to make the lyrics in Swedish, and are you surprised that VSÄVSM has gotten such a devoted fan base outside of Sweden?

I had never written lyrics in Swedish before we did this band and I was honestly terrified to do it. You can’t hide behind cliches the same way you would in English. We just wanted to try it out and we had no expectations whatsoever that anybody would listen to us. When we released our first songs we got a great response, both in Sweden and abroad.
I think me singing in Swedish makes it more honest and it doesn’t really matter if you understand the words or not, you can feel it. At least I hope so. Some people might find it exciting that I sing in Swedish, but I think we would reach a bigger audience if it was in English.
Again, we never expected anyone to listen to us, so to see that we get such a strong response and devoted listeners abroad is fantastic. It also makes us want to do better and constantly improve our art and hopefully take it to new heights.

How did latest record come to be? Was the process any different than the previous outings?

With every recording we have raised our ambition when it comes to song writing and how we record it. We recorded our first record ourselves and briefly after it was done we lost our studio space. This forced us to have a different process this time around.
We have worked with this record a long time, both in the writing process and recording. I think it is almost two years from when we tracked the first drums to when we tracked the last vocals. Lyrically you meet me in a different part of my life. The first record was written in a state of chaos when my whole life was crumbling. This record is also very dark, but has something that resembles hope in it. 
I think this is the strongest and most powerful work we have done and the album works more as a whole. We are super happy and proud with it.

Do you have any favorite Norwegian bands?

There is a lot of great music coming out of Norway. The bands I have listened to the most would be JR Ewing, Snöras and Satyricon. We have had the privilege to play in Oslo two times with bands like Monograf, Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson and Liongeist and they were all fantastic. Oslo seems to have a vibrant and exciting music scene and we would love to come back to play there again soon.

Vi Som Älskada Varanda Så Mycket – Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula LP

Sjappesnakk: Torgeir Waldemar

Gratulerer med ny skive ute! «Love» Hva ligger bak tittelen?
Tusen takk. Tittelen er inspirert av Brian Wilson sin låt Love And Mercy. Måten han beskriver ensomheten på er noe jeg kjenner meg mye igjen i, og det er en av de store negative drivkreftene i verden vi lever i. Derfor var det naturlig å bruke den som en inspirasjon for dette albumprosjektet. 

Hvor vil du plassere den i forhold til de to forrige?
Jeg vil si at den er en naturlig fortsettelse. Mer av alt. Mer av meg, mer av Anders Møller, mer av Ole Henrik Moe, som er oss tre som har vært mest involvert i denne plata. 

Hvis du skal trekke fram et norsk band eller artist som fortjener mer oppmerksomhet, hvilket er det?
Jeg vil trekke fram Tone Bringsdal, som jeg er så heldig å få jobbe med. Utypisk i en typisk sjanger. En sann kunstnersjel. 


Sjappesnakk: Aiming for Enrike

I media går det en debatt om at musikken var så mye bedre før. Skribenten har tydeligvis aldri beveget seg særlig dypt i undergrunnen av norsk musikk, for her er godsakene på rekke og rad. Sist ut hittil i rekka er den nye utgivelsen til Aiming for Enrike. De serverer skive nummer 4, og nok engang disker de opp med et monster av ei skive. Vi snakket litt med duoen, samt fikk de til å sette opp den ultimate treningslista.

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Sjappesnakk: ENVY (jp)

While we all are anxiously awaiting the new ENVY album (to be released on Pelagic Records on February 7th), we were lucky enough to be able to ask ENVY a few questions about their life as a band. Guitarist Nobukata Kawai was kind enough to answer our questions about the formation of ENVY and what music inspires them to create the epic post-hardcore/ post-rock hybrid that they’ve pioneered for almost three decades.

First off all, could you please give a brief overview and history of the band?

In 1992, our vocalist Tetsu and bass player Nakagawa started BLIND JUSTICE which later becomes envy. At that time, I wasn’t in any band. I went to a small venue in Tokyo to celebrate my junior high colleague who was going to have a gig there. I randomly thought of making some sandwiches at the restaurant I was working at for my friend and when I arrived to the venue, that is when I met Nakagawa. From that day, I’ve been with them for 27 years. By the way, that was the only and will be the only time making a sandwich for a friend in my life.

Around the end of 1994, BLIND JUSTICE decided to break up. Me, Tetsu and Nakagawa decided to start envy. The first intention was more like an extension of a hobby at that time rather than a life time project. We kept on playing under-ground shows in Japan and there were no similar bands like us. There were a lot of times with no audiences and we were just going ape shit on the floor. After Tetsu started his DIY distro and inviting bands from oversea, we got to know a lot of bands and build a strong relationship with them, which kind of made its road to tour oversea. At that time, no one in Japan praised us at all, but the people at oversea really enjoyed our music and originality. We had no money at our first oversea tours, but it was really fun. We slept at a minus 15 degree basement and fought among members for a newspaper avoiding to freeze from death. Good old days. In 2016, most of the members left the band and we entered a stagnation period. When it was only me and Nakagawa, I really thought about quitting envy, but after thinking of my family, friends, fans, Tetsu’s comeback and our great new 3 members who joined the band, it gave me a new step forward to the future.

Founding member and guitarist of Envy, Nobukata Kawai

The expansion of your sound and expression has evolved a lot over the years since Breathing and Dying in the Place to newer recordings such as the Definition of Impossibility 10″. Could you tell us about the way it took from the fast, NYHC influenced band you were when you started out, to the beautiful epic music you create now? And as a follow-up question, do you have any specific music og artists that have shaped you in the way you write and enjoy music?

I believe the early stage of envy was influenced from the NYHC style which was influenced during our teenage. The first trigger that brought us to this style was Union of Uranus’s 1st song of their double 7″ which Tetsu introduced me. I couldn’t believe there was such music that was intense with freedom. Around the year 2000 when we were writing “The Footprints You’ve Ever Left and The Fear Expecting Ahead”, I started to do experiments and prototypes on combining hardcore and fierce beats with beautiful melodies like classic. My wife is a ballet teacher so I was listening to Tchaikovsky and other classic music everyday, so I believe that was a huge influence. But it always comes back to Tetsu’s voice that makes it hardcore.

This might be a weird question, but do you have any peticular Norwegian bands or artists you are fond of right now?

I believe there are different opinions on this among our members, but we used to listen to Kaospilot and JR Ewing as well as blackmetal such as MAYHEM and Burzum!

Founding member and guitarist of Envy, Nobukata Kawai

And something that everyone in Norway is wondering; Will you ever come over here? We have MONO playing here often, and we would love to see you on a stage here as well…

We are really good friends with MONO like a family so we do hear a lot of good things about Norway. Of course we would love to go to such a beautiful country. I’ve actually been there before. I can’t say when we will go, but we will promise to go someday. Really looking forward to see you all!

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Ukas Album: Hornorkesteret – Jehovas vinter

“Uten å overdive: Hornorkesteret bruker lengre tid på å lage ny plate enn Nansen gjorde på polekspedisjonene sine. Men det er verdt å ligge i telt for, for her viser de seg fra en ny side. Etter over 20 år med vindskjev droning fra den mørkeste vinter, fremstår Hornorkesteret nesten dansbar og lystige på denne nye platen. Arktisk sult og tungsinn har mutert til mosegrodd hedensk ur-funk.”
– Lasse Marhaug

Akustisk ambient folkemusikk fremført på gevirinstrumenter og perkusjon. Den norske musikkgruppa Hornorkesteret slipper endelig sitt første studioalbum, som følger opp antologien «Fjær og Jern» fra 2011. Den plata fikk lovord fra komponister og musikkelskere over hele verden da den kom ut, blant annet fra Gylve Fenris Nagell (Darkthrone) og David Tibet (Current 93). «Jehovas vinter» er navnet på Hornorkesterets nye instrumentalplate. På plata tas lytteren med inn i et mørkt og mystisk folketonelandskap med en samling originale låter skrevet av gruppa og spilt inn i løpet av tre dager i juni 2014. Melodiene bæres av orkesteret på deres spesialbygde strykeinstrumenter av reinsdyrgevir, og drives frem av rytmer fremført på trestokker, pauker, trommer og bjeller. Hver tone fra Hornorkesterets primitive instrumenter er et angrep på den tempererte skalaen som har vært rådende siden Bachs tid, og når gruppen gjenoppfinner våre forfedres ursanger og krydrer dem med elementer av rock, skandinavisk folkemusikk og populærmusikk er det vanskelig å la være å bli fascinert.


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Dere slipper debutalbumet “Here Comes The Mandalai Lamas”. Hvordan fikk dere bandnavnet fra egentlig?

Mandalai Lamas: Gitaristen vår Black Snake drakk seg så utrolig full under øving en gang at det eneste han greide å si var “Mandalailamiæs”. Vi tolka dette som et eller annet viktig og bandnavnet ble Mandalai Lamas.

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Oslo indie-huene i Spielbergs er ute med en overskuddsoppfølger til debutskiva si, så vi hanket inn noen eks til kundene i sjappa og hooket opp med Spielbergs Mads for et aldri så lite eksistensielt musikkspørsmål. Mads deler raust fra livet sitt om ollie kickflip, røykfulle kollektiv og skiver som endrer liv:

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